Warren Rodwell was kidnapped in the Philippines by militants on December 5th 2011.
In June 2012 he appeared in a video stating the demands for money which would be trade for his safe return
Nothing was heard from Rodwell until December 2012, when a second video was released online.
After what must have been an eternity for Warren Rodwell…Bob Carr, Foreign Minister for Australia as well as a disproportional amount of time and effort building his own business along the way, has FINALLY acknowledged the Warren Rodwell case.
Foreign Minister Bob Carr expressed his deep concern at the prolonged captivity of Mr Rodwell but welcomed evidence he was still alive. A video has been sent to close relatives in January which in some parts Mr Rodwell spells out his lack of the confidence in the Australian Government said the government was assisting Philippines authorities and was in contact with Mr Rodwell’s family.
“The Philippines government has the lead in response to this case and is devoting significant resources to securing Mr Rodwell’s release,” he said.
Earlier this year, Mr Rodwell’s family made a plea for privacy, with experts yesterday saying media exposure could increase the ransom.
The government’s management of ransom cases has come under scrutiny following criticism of its handling of the capture of Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan and his Canadian colleague Amanda Lindhout by Somali kidnappers.
The pair was freed in 2009 after 15 months’ imprisonment after entrepreneur Dick Smith underwrote a crisis management team to handle the negotiations and arrange the rescue.
The kidnap consultant who advised the Brennan family, John Chase, yesterday said he believed the government was right to try to minimise media coverage.
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